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2001: A Space Odyssey
2.19.2003 by Dan Beirne, every Wednesday.


Nathan Lane comes over every Wednesday to the house to watch a movie, or just chat with Dan. Dan found these little chats so interesting, he decided to tape-record them and tell the world all the neat things Nathan had to say about movies and stuff.


Wednesday, January 29th, coldy

2001: A Space Odyssey(1968): Mankind finds a mysterious object, obviously artificial, buried on the moon. So they, along with intelligent computer HAL set off on a quest. Starring Kier Dullea, co-written by Arthur C. Clarke, and directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Nathan: Man, the future looks crazy.

Me: That was so dumb.

Nathan: Why was it so dumb, Dan?

(you can hear the birds singing "Loretta's Scars")

Me: Well, I didn't understand it. It was bad. I should be able to understand a movie.

Nathan: Hmm, so you are saying that this movie was bad because you didn't understand it?

Me: Yes, that's right.

Nathan: I see. Tell me, Dan, how do you feel when it rains?

Me: I don't know. Sad, I guess.

Nathan: Okay, you feel sad. And tell me this, how do you feel when the sun again re-appears in the sky?

Me: Happier, of course.

Nathan: Of course. So the sun makes you happy?

Me: Doesn't it to everyone, Nathan?

Nathan: Oh, for certain. So, answer this question, Dan: would you consider the sun a good thing?

Me: Yes, by all means.

Nathan: I mean, as opposed to a bad thing, you would consider the sun to be good and valuable?

Me: Yes, Nathan, I do.

Nathan: I see. Now, I have anothing question for you, Dan: how did the sun get up in the sky?

Me: I'm not sure I know what you mean.

Nathan: I apologise if I was unlear. What I mean is how did the sun come to be?

Me: I have no idea.

Nathan: It's a simple question, Dan. Can you explain to me why there is a sun that makes you and I so happy?

Me: No, Nathan, I can't explain that. No one can.

Nathan: So, can I conclude from this that you don't understand the sun?

Me: Of course. No one understands the sun.

Nathan: Fair enough. But this seems very troubling to me, Dan. Did we not previously establish that the sun was a good thing?

Me: We did, Nathan.

Nathan: Then, Dan, it seems to be the case that you consider something to be good, even though you don't understand it.

Me: ....It seems to be.

Nathan: So, do you admit that the sun is good, despite your ability to understand it?

Me: ...Apparently.

Nathan: So, then, it follows that this movie, too, has the potential to be good, despite whether you understand it or not.

Me: It seems so Nathan.

Nathan: Right. So what can we conclude from this?

Me: I don't know, what?

Nathan: That you're dumber than a horse's ass.

as always, you can e-mail Nathan at hakunamattata69@hotmail.com to talk about movies or just chat about ancient grease.




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